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Category: Inspiration and encouragement

Character and courage are essential for entrepreneurial success.

What Matters in Entrepreneurship is Whether You Can Get a “Message to Garcia”

Owning a business, even a microbusiness, is not a task for the faint-hearted or the spoon-fed. In order to succeed, an entrepreneur must be willing to focus, learn something new every day, and take the initiative to act when something needs...

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Will you choose to be an ant?

The Ant or the Grasshopper? A Reason to Give Thanks

The fourth Thursday of November is Thanksgiving Day in the United States. While I believe in the power of giving thanks daily, if not hourly, this day offers an additional opportunity to reflect on things I’m grateful for. After family,...

Avoiding The Road to Serfdom

One reason to create multiple streams of income is to slow personal movement down the “road to serfdom.” When you diversify your streams of income, creating streams that aren’t dependent on traditional employment, you are taking a quiet step toward...

Gatto’s 7 Lessons of Compulsory Schooling

Here are seven horrifying lessons John Taylor Gatto wrote about teaching during his 26 years as a schoolteacher. Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling is adapted from a speech given at a ceremony in which Gatto was named the New York State Teacher of the Year for 1991.

Blog Carnival: Summer Isn’t Over Yet

The Blog Carnival offers inspiration and encouragement as summer winds down and school begins. Enjoy!

US Flag Day poster from 1917

Liberty and Entrepreneurship: A Few Quotes

In the month of July, I always stop to give thanks for the amount of liberty I enjoy as a citizen of the USA. Liberty plays an important role in successful entrepreneurship, so it’s particularly important for independent-minded entrepreneurs to...

Summer Poem: A Boy and His Dad by Edgar Guest

It’s time for our annual summer poem. This year, I chose a warm, evocative poem by Edgar A. Guest as well as a brief poem by William Carlos Williams.

What Does Education Look Like? Part III: Immune to Elephants

The contrast between a true, living education and the stale, dead imitation that often replaces it continues to niggle at my thoughts. Here’s another scene that illustrates the contrast, plus a thought for the day.

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